Secane (Media), PA Train Crashes Into Auto, Jan 1956


Media, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train and an automobile crashed at a grade crossing near neighboring Secane yesterday, killing all five occupants of the car, two of them small children.
Authorities identified the dead as:
JOSEPH SERAFINI, 68, of Secane;
his daughter, MRS. EMILY P'ASCENVO, of Drexel Hill on the outskirts of Philadelphia;
and her two children, JOSEPH, five, and DONNA, three;
and MRS. ESTHER BENEDETTO, 58, also of Drexel Hill.
Police reported that the train, which was traveling from Philadelphia's suburban station to Media, dragged the car for about a quarter mile. The crash occurred about 600 yards east of the station in the small community of Secane in Delaware County.
A spokesman for the PRR said the cause of the accident had not been determined. He added that the flashing signals at the crossing were operating.
Mrs. Catherine Victor, 43, of Secane, one of the train passengers, said she had just risen from her seat to get off at the station when the train swayed. In a moment of excitement, she said, she jumped to the tracks from a doorway. She was unhurt.
Service on the line, the Media-West Chester branch, was interrupted for about an hour and a half.

The Times Record New York 1956-02-01